Our Secret to Success – Give, Engage, and Give More

We’re incredibly honored that NAI Global has highlighted our firms’ commitment to the community through our annual volunteer efforts in the beautifully written piece below:

West Palm Beach, Florida – It started as a way to connect with people and industry in South Florida over thirty years ago, when NAI Merin Hunter Codman Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM was just beginning his commercial real estate career. Back then, community engagement and volunteering was practically the only way professionals, including attorneys and CPAs, could market themselves and their firms.

As Merin’s business grew and thrived, he added partners, staff, and many of the top-performing brokers serving South Florida. While community service had always played a central role in the firm’s activities, it wasn’t until 12 years ago that Merin, his partners and entire company made it a cornerstone of their enterprise. That’s when Merin and two other Palm Beach County business leaders spearheaded the first Get Down to Business Lunch to impress upon the business community the importance of giving back. Since its inception, this signature annual event has doubled in size and raised over $1.2 million dollars in support of Easterseals’ West Palm Beach Igoe-Amar Child Development Center, which provides services for children that are developmentally disabled. Merin was and remains an Honorary member of the Palm Beach Advisory Board for Easterseals and an Honorary Co-Chairman for the Get Down to Business.

“You could say the inception of the Easterseals’ luncheon was the moment when we pivoted as a firm and formally adopted the NAI Merin Hunter Codman Real Leaders program, the firm’s commitment to community service,” said NAI Merin Hunter Codman, Inc. CEO Jordan Paul, which is based in West Palm Beach with regional offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington, FL.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Grassy Waters Preserve

Our REAL Leaders weren’t afraid to get messy at our first volunteer event of the year. On Friday, February 15, our group helped transplant endangered bromeliads and orchids throughout a few different trails.

Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for the City of West Palm Beach and the towns of South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island. Grassy Waters was both a key component of the Greater Everglades watershed and the headwaters of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River.

Grassy Waters remains a pristine remnant of the once great Everglades system and is a mosaic of wetlands, tree islands, and forested hammocks. It’s also home to a variety of native wildlife. Commonly sighted species includ the Everglades snail kite, wood stork, white ibis, great blue heron, white tailed deer, otter, bobcat, and alligator.

Our team had the best time transplanting orchids high along their Swamp Tromp trail, which took us through the wet and muddy cypress swamp. This rugged trail required stepping over and ducking under vegetation, with water as high as our thighs!

We were happy to help out such an important cause and encourage you to see how you can help! Click here to find out more information about volunteer opportunities and enjoy some pictures of our volunteer day below.

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EVENT: Heroes for Education 5K

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is happy to be a sponsor of the fifth annual Heroes for Education 5k Run/Walk that took place on November 3rd at Bryant Park in Lake Worth.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a great non-profit organization that partners with the School District of Palm Beach County to fund over $1.5 million in programs that the schools could not otherwise afford. These include providing high-risk students with Graduation Coaches, training for Financial Literacy and the establishment of the Red Apple Supply Store.

Our REAL Leaders had a great morning at the beautiful course that bordered along the Intracoastal. Enjoy some photos below and click here to see how you can be a hero for education!

 

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Freedom Riders Academy

Our REAL Leaders had the pleasure of volunteering at Freedom Riders Academy, a non-profit foundation that focuses on rescuing horses that have been abused, malnourished and are days away from slaughter, the morning of October 26th. Freedom Riders Academy has programs in place that heal these horses and help humans, creating a foundational connection between both beings.
Our group worked hard pulling weeds from the pastures, with encouragement from a few equine friends.

Find pictures below and CLICK HERE to learn more about the organization!

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Red Apple Supply Store

Our CEO and Board Member of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Jordan Paul, along with MHC REAL Leaders, spent the morning of Friday, July 27th volunteering at the Education Foundation’s Red Apple Supplies Store. Volunteers helped organize the warehouse and prepare school supplies for local teachers for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

We often hear stories of teachers coming out of pocket to purchase essential school supplies. To address this issue, the Education Foundation launched Red Apple Supplies in 2016. Red Apple Supplies is a store which arms teachers of Title I Palm Beach County Schools with free resources for their students and classrooms. They now support 32 schools where 95-100% of the students come from low-income families who find it difficult to afford essential school supplies. Since it’s inception, Red Apple Supplies has given away over $460,750 in free supplies.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Volunteer Day at Peggy Adams

MHC REAL Leaders volunteered on Friday, March 16th at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach. After a lovely tour by Shelter Manager, Brittni Fleming, they helped organize and clean parts of the Intake and Receiving building. Afterwards, they visited with some of the animals looking for their fur-ever homes.

Operating continuously since 1925, Peggy Adams has been positively impacting animal welfare and addressing overpopulation in Palm Beach County through a variety of services including adoption and spay/neuter programs, affordable vaccine clinic, Peggy’s Pantry and other important advocacy work.

Click here to see how you can make a difference and enjoy some pictures of the day below.

 

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Big Heart Brigade Thanksgiving Outreach

Since 1992 The Big Heart Brigade volunteers have prepped close to 2 million Thanksgiving dinners for less fortunate ones in our community. This years massive undertaking served a traditional turkey dinner for over 45,000 people and was fueled by 4,000 volunteers. The volunteers cook, package and deliver the meals to needy ones, many in Pahokee and Belle Glade, on Thanksgiving Day.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s REAL Leaders have enjoyed volunteering for the past several years. This year over 20 REAL Leaders donned their red shirts to assist in the breakdown of the site that was behind Fire Station #3 on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. In past years, our team has worked as an assembly line to package the food in to-go containers. This years effort required a little more elbow grease to clean the gallon tubs all the fixings were stored in and get the site cleared out.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: MHC REAL Leaders Help Distribute Over 800 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

Our MHC REAL Leaders had the pleasure of volunteering for the fifth time at the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway. The Urban League of Palm Beach County has been the leading provider of comprehensive family services to over 16,000 disadvantaged families in our community each year. Their clients live below the poverty line and in under-served and challenged areas throughout Palm Beach County.

Through sponsorship and volunteer efforts they distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes that include everything a family needs to have a happy and healthy holiday. Our social service team was in charge of unloading the turkeys, packaging them into bags and handing them out to families. When the team started to arrive around 7AM there was already a line of appreciative families waiting outside of the location and a steady stream continued until the last turkey was passed out to the 800th family.

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